Thursday, July 31, 2008
The first point is "Make your Bed" There is lively music to get kids up and moving and making their beds. You can't help but cooperate and beat the song done. 2nd point is "use the bathroom" (ok- so I have to hit the repeat button- because the 2 minutes isn't long enough for 3 boys to use the restroom- but it works fine- just repeat it for each kid!) Point 3 is "do your act of kindness" (aka- JOBS!- each boy straightens up either the living room or dining room, then one cleans the toilet and the other empties the dishwasher) There is about 10 minutes worth of songs- all lively and energetic to help you get your act of kindness done. Point 4 is "Get dressed and put your pajamas away" Point 5 is "fix your hair" (ok- so my houseful of boys doesn't need 6 minutes to fix their hair! lol) So they feed their animals instead. Point 6 is "Eat your breakfast" 8 short songs to help them gauge how quickly they need to eat- it's 10 minutes or so- so it's really plenty of time to eat. (unless you are a slowpoke like Roo!- who has a hard time eating his breakfast that quickly) Point 7 is "Rinse your dish" So they rush like mad dogs to get the breakfast dishes done. Point 8 is Brush your teeth- I had to tell the boys to "brush until the song was over....otherwise 10 seconds later- I'm done.... yah- go back and brush them GOOD!" Then there's a song to mark your points on the chart.
According to their program- the points go towards a "private date" with mom or dad. We do it differently- as we do dates anyway- I didn't want to make them earn those- they are just so we can spend time together. We have a token economy in our home- and tokens will buy you computer/tv time, candy, small toys, soda pop, and other rewards. So they get tokens for their points. They can then spend on whatever they would like.
There is also a bedtime routine cd- which we haven't used- simply because I don't have a hard time getting kids to bed on time ....(I'm a stickler! with my 8:00 bedtime!- yes- even in the summer time- after 8:00 is MY time) Though I think I'm going to try the bedtime routine before lunch- at least the act of kindness song anyhow- and have them tidy up the rooms they are in charge of before lunch.
At any rate- it is working WONDERS at our house- sure the music and voice are cheesy- but the kids are getting up and moving quickly! Here is the website again- they have samples of the music on there.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Here's a View of the Lake and the mountains surrounding it.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Oh no! the Camera Battery died- more pictures to come tomorrow!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Had to do it as a jpeg in order to keep my nice neat columns- blogger didn't like them
;)If anyone has any bright ideas of activities that would be fun to go along with our club- I'm open to suggestions- ESPECIALLY on those places I have blanks....Abraham Lincoln ideas anyone?
Doesn't look like Blogger likes my jpeg either :p Ok- here's just the list and my activity ideas
Lou Gehrig- One of Baseball’s Greatest by Guernsey Van Riper, Jr.
Paul Revere, Boston Patriot by Augusta Stevenson
Tin can lanterns
Revere’s ride” obstacle course
Henry Ford, Young Man with Ideas by Hazel B. Aird
Use assembly line
Cost? Model cars
Teddy Roosevelt, Young Rough Rider by Edd Winfield Parks
asthma- lunch capacity experiment
play capture the fort? (winter)
Walt Disney, Young Movie Maker by Marie Hammontree
Abraham Lincoln, The Great Emancipator by Augusta Stevenson
The Story of George Washington Carver by Eva Moore
***NOT a Childhood of Famous Americans title- a Scholastic Biography
Benjamin Franklin, Young Printer by Augusta Stevenson
?small cost for string and materials to make them?
-, make candles, printing press?
Presentations on a Great Man by each boy
Thursday, July 17, 2008
When we got to the museum- they were having an activity where they showed you how to make some paper rockets, then launched them with an air compressor. It was a lot of fun watching the rockets go way up in the sky.
Bug and Doodle watching Doodle's rocket launch.
K, Doodle, Roo and Pam waiting for them to get the rocket materials all set up.
Doodle and his friend K in front of their favorite airplane- the Shark one.
Getting some energy out before we hop back in the car- they are flying their rockets around.
I thought this was a cute picture of the boys looking up in the sky at the coolest sight of the day- an airplane flying- parked ones are fine- but the best are when they are flying.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
And a few more "Lellowstone" pictures- we hiked to Mystic Falls in Yellowstone on Monday. We had an awesome time. If you ever go to Yellowstone- get off the road- and go take a few hikes! There's sooo much more to see there than Old Faithful (which by the way- isn't the biggest, more predictable, or even the coolest geyser there)Bug in front of a waterfall we stopped to see along the way- I think this was on the Firehole River- but I'm not sure.
Pam, Roo, Bug, Doodle, and our neice K all stopped along the Firehole River.
The Whole Hiking crew in front of Mystic Falls- Me, Nick, Pam, neice K, Roo, Bug and Doodle. It was a nice hike 2.2 miles roundtrip. As we began our trek out- we could hear a thunderstorm moving in- and so Nick and the boys ran back to the car. According to Roo- "That funder freaked me out!" Here's a few more pictures from the hikeUmmmm....Which way do we go?! Nick, Bug and Doodle reading the trail map.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Ignore our silly commentary! lol
Ok- the debate is on- I thought it was a black bear- Ben insists it's a Grizzly- what's your vote?
Here's where he takes off across the road-
We were on our way back to the cabin from Yellowstone on Monday (Roo's birthday even!) and along the side of the Highway, Pam said "look there's a moose" I replied "That's not a moose- it's a bear- quick turn around!" and sure enough there he was. There were only 2 other cars there watching at first, and one drove off, so we had the PERFECT view of this guy. Some people really aren't very smart though, getting out of their cars, walking toward the bear, in front of the cars, shooting off cap guns as they drove by, tossing things out of their car. (ummm hello! That's a wild bear!)
Here's a few more pics- The bear was less than 20 feet off the road, we had the perfect view of him right from the car.